Former NFL star Kellen Winslow Jr. convicted of raping 58-year-old homeless woman
Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. – the son of a Hall of Famer who earned more than $ 40 million US during his career – was convicted last year of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman in his picturesque beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego.
A jury returned the verdict Monday in the Superior Court of San Diego in Vista, but was expected to continue to deliberate on two more counts of rape by a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003.
The jury also found that the 35-year-old former tight end was guilty of indecent exposure and immoral behavior involving two other women, but jurors did not find him guilty of one count of an immoral act.
Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, is imprisoned for life if he is convicted of all counts.
All five women testified during the nine-day trial. Winslow did not go up.
Defense lawyers pointed to inconsistencies in the prosecutors' statements and argued that the women had invented the accusations to fall prey to the wealth of Winslow.
& # 39; Wolf in sheep's clothing & # 39;
Prosecutors say that the son of Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow felt praised by his fame for assaulting the most vulnerable.
Prosecutor Dan Owens told the jury of eight men and four women that Winslow a & # 39; sheep in sheep's clothing & # 39; is.
The homeless woman in Encinitas, then 58 years old, testified that he became friends with her and attacked her next to his vehicle after she invited her for a cup of coffee in May 2018.
A 54-year-old hitchhiker said he drove her to a parking lot at the Encinitas shopping center and raped her in his Hummer in March 2018.
A 57-year-old woman said he exposed herself to her while she went to her garden in May 2018. The jury found him guilty of that indictment Monday.
After the news of the attacks broke, a woman came forward and said that Winslow raped her when she was a 17-year-old high school student in 2003. He was then 19 and was home from school before the summer. She said she fainted at a party on the outskirts of San Diego and woke up to find out Winslow was attacking her.
A 77-year-old woman attending the same gym as Winslow in Carlsbad's beach community said he had committed immoral acts for her, including touching himself, while Winslow was free of $ 2 million bail in February. The jury found him guilty for touching himself before the woman in the gym, but not guilty of committing an immoral act while sitting in the hot tub of the facility for the same woman who said it happened on another occasion .
Breaking the deadlock
After the jury had sent a letter stating it got stuck on the other eight charges, the judge sent them back to decide intentionally. Jury members went home less than an hour later and were instructed to deliberate again on Tuesday.
The panel sent a letter to the court on Friday to indicate that it might be difficult to reach an agreement.
"The jury members could benefit from a statement which means oath," the memorandum said. "Besides, how we should follow the law and not what we think the law means."
The judge said that jurors are under oath means telling the whole truth and that they must follow the law as it is written.
Defense lawyer Marc Carlos asked the credibility of the women's claims, they said they had lied, misinterpreted things or were unable to identify him correctly at first.
Defense lawyers also said the gender was consensual and that Winslow had repeatedly tricked his wife into having sex without conditions.
Prosecutors said that the core of the women's stories did not change and that evidence contained traces of Winslow & # 39; s DNA on one of the prosecutor's pants and GPS locations that placed him where the women said the attacks were taking place.
The five women stated that they did not know that Winslow was famous when they met him.